Europe reopens widely, seeks to salvage summer vacations

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The Acropolis in Athens, shops in Italy, markets and museums in Belgium, stores in Italy and beer gardens in Bavaria are reopening. Europe is loosening its coronavirus restrictions and leaders were meeting Monday to figure out how to make summer vacations possible. As many countries around the world gradually transition to a new normal amid the pandemic, the World Health Organization’s main annual meeting is getting under way. A handful of world leaders — including Chinese President Xi Jinping — are expected to address the two-day online gathering that comes amid tensions between the United States and Beijing over the fight against COVID-19.